Sometimes when editing my text I move some part from the main text of my article into a footnote. Alas, the moved text may contain a footnote. Of course, I could just remove the footnote command, but then if I regret my move later on, I will not be able to easily reconstruct the original layout.

So, is there some automatic way of ignoring the footnote command within footnotes? I don't want to ignore the nested text, but rather have it printed with the rest of the footnote text.

  • as an easy workaround you could define a command \shmootnote and change its definition from plain text to footnote and vice versa
    – Bort
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 12:20

2 Answers 2


EDIT: It should work now. Proceed with caution.



    \renewcommand{\footnote}[1]{ ##1}%




This hack should work and be plug-and-play. But it's still a hack.

  • It's a neat solution!
    – Ariel
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 14:30

This is a bad idea, sorry. TeXnically it may be possible to ignore the footnote command inside a footnote and nontheless print the text of the nested footnote.

"Let's say² you have this sentence." The text of the footnote were: "²Just for the sake of the argument."

Later you decide to move it into a footnote, you'd get this:

"³Let's say Just for the sake of the argument. you have this sentence."

Obviously you'd have to go over the text to avoid such nonsense, independently from the teXnically possible.

So if you move some text into a footnote, comment out the footnote command in the editor and -- of course -- the second bracket ("}") as well. If you change your mind later, rearrange the text and remove the comment signs, the "%".

  • What about redefining (locally, of course) \footnote so that it gobbles its argument?
    – GuM
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 13:02
  • @GustavoMezzetti Well, Ariel wished to keep the text of the nested footnote. As far as I understand his question.
    – Keks Dose
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 13:05
  • Yes, of course. But I had already accepted your point of view that what the OP asks for is probably meaningless... :-)
    – GuM
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 13:11
  • I see your point, but I rarely use footnotes in this way. I usually put them at the end of sentences, and they consist of sentences.
    – Ariel
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 14:30

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